Ceramic tile is an affordable and attractive material to use throughout the home and is increasingly popular because of its durability, ease of installation, and the huge variety of designs available – and one place to really show off the benefits of ceramic tile is in the bathroom.
Whether using ceramic tile for part of a wall, an entire wall, a bathtub or shower surround, or even for flooring, there are many great looks available. The strength of ceramic tile makes it a great option in the bathroom that sees a lot of foot traffic, and it’s also a great choice because the material is water-resistant and low-maintenance, so there’s minimal hassle in keeping it looking good.
One option for using ceramic tile in the bathroom is to run a stripe of tile across the length of a wall in a mosaic. Use diamond-shaped gray ceramic tiles of the same size separated by small white square tiles for an elegant, eye-catching appearance that matches well with neutral color features.
Or take a far more sweeping approach and take advantage of ceramic tile’s strength by using it to cover the entire bathroom floor. There’s no need to worry about the tile getting slippery when wet or cracking from extensive use. That means homeowners can focus on the right look, and a great choice is large 20 inch by 20 inch tiles in varying shades and swirls of beige for a beautiful bathroom.
Another option for ceramic tile for bathroom floors is to use similarly large 12 inch by 24 inch ceramic tiles in varying shades of gray, with a pattern of streaks and swirls that make the tile look like it’s a natural stone panel – yet with none of the extra cost and maintenance requirements of stone. A great way to use this tile is to continue the pattern from the floor up the walls in the bathroom.
The way that ceramic tile is produced means that it can also be made to resemble other materials, including those that are not suitable for the bathroom. For example, ceramic tile can be made in a shade of gray that looks like actual wood with knots and swirls. These tiles can create a rustic-looking bathroom that achieves the appearance of wood but without the high expense and water damage that are the two biggest potential drawbacks from using hardwood in the bathroom.
Of course, sometimes the simplest styles are the best, and that’s where subway ceramic tile can come in handy. These rectangular panels are known as subway tile because they look like the tiling that became popular lining the walls of subways in the early 1900’s. Use a glossy white subway tile on a bathtub or shower surround for a classic pattern that will last for years. A further benefit is that the neutral shade will work well with fixtures and fittings in many different colors.
While the five styles described above are all great uses of ceramic tile in the bathroom, there are many more options for using tile on a small, medium, or large scale.